19:22 Southbound & The Third Man

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock”

(Harry Lime: played by Orson Welles, The Third Man)

The best part of winter is the early, cold windy nights that draw in very quickly here in the UK.

I love the night time in a major city such as Manchester. Street signs and window displays light the gloomy wet paths and direct you round this Victorian jungle.

It is also a great time to capture people going about their worlds in a film noir atmosphere.

Manchester is full of old buildings that in the dark give off a sense of claustrophobia and dread, as if they peer down on you in disgust from their high rise arrogance and compel you to the shadows of the cobbled streets below.

At night it reminds me of the dark street scenes from the classic Noir “The Third Man” a wonderful comical film that is not as entertaining as it is shocking, once you find out what Harry Lime has been up to.

Stop to look at a metro station in Central and you are transported to that Vienna feel of gothic undertones and religious intent at one side of the platform.

And on the other a 21st century social update bringing you subtly back from nostalgia.

Yes, Manchester at night can easily be mistaken for the set of The Third Man.

Of course you have to be in the right place and time to transport back to old town, and it is fare to say you could be anywhere and find yourself on your favourite movie scene.

So look up, you never know what you might find….. Old Man.

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Calling In A Favour

Calling In A Favour

You all know I love photography but I have an even greater love for old Film Noir movies. The grit and grim of a classic like The Big Combo makes for a great night in.

I have been away from my camera for a while (that is a lie, I have been concentrating on photography on the street) and have missed getting into a project.

For some time now the idea of creating another Low Key image has been mulling around my mind.

I wanted to create an image of dread and despair. A moment of uncontrolled emotion and a dislike. I hope I have achieved that.

The set up was easy. Strobe with a grid 45 degrees left of the camera. Speed light with a snoot (amazing what you can make with a piece of packing paper) behind me and to my left. A cookie (blind) made from a box from work (We had so many left over I thought no one would mind).

A cheap white shirt and tie that has been destroyed with food colouring. (Not a splash on the bed, very proud of myself).

And lastly…… my 1970’s phone. Which still works perfectly.

There has been some dodging and burning around eyes and skin. I really enjoyed myself and fancy doing some more. Though not tonight. My face is a pink colour due to the food colouring.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate all comments and opinions.